Monday, May 21, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center

Engaging Preparedness Communities

a project group of the National Integrated Drought Information System

Goal: Facilitate communication among drought communities


  1. Determine the organizational structure, frequency, and methods of a communication network
  2. Facilitate the development of a drought coordinator network
  3. Coordinate the collaboration and development of critical indicators, evaluation criteria, drought exercises, and post-drought assessments

Stakeholders: national, tribal, state, and local drought contacts

NIDIS Engaging Preparedness Communities Co-Chairs

Beth Freeman, FEMA Region VII
Kirsten Lackstrom, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessment
Deborah Bathke, National Drought Mitigation Center


Walking the tightrope: Navigating extreme drought in a Rocky Mountain Resort Community, webinar, May 15, 2015

"Building Drought Resilience Across Scales and Sectors," session at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Louis, Missouri, May 12-14, 2015

2014 Community Capitals Framework Institute, Nov. 7-9, 2014

Using NASA Tools to Manage Drought webinar, June 4, 2014 | flyer | Separate presentations:

Missouri River Basin Pilot Kickoff, Feb. 26-27, 2014

Planning and Drought webinar, 1 Central, Feb. 12, 2014

Drought Impacts webinar series, starting Nov. 6, continuing Dec. 4, 2013

Using Simulations to Plan and Prepare for Drought, webinar, Feb. 6, 2013, noon CST

Webinar, Dec. 13, 2011 -- Follow-Up to the Building a Sustainable Network of Drought Communities Workshop and Other EPC Initiatives

Building a Sustainable Network of Drought Communities, a workshop June 8-9, 2011, in Chicago

Webinar, March  30, 2011 -- Introduction to the NIDIS EPC Working Group

Join the Community

Would you like to receive updates and information about the activities of the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group? Email Nicole Wall,, and let her know you are interested.

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